"The Youth Work Curriculum Statement for Wales"
The Youth Work Curriculum Statement for Wales The Curriculum Statement encourages all individuals who undertake work with young people in their community to work in a way that is based on a set of principles. These are laid down in the Youth Work curriculum Statement for Wales and State that all activities with young people should show an awareness of and give opportunities which are: Educative – Enabling young people to gain skills, knowledge, understanding, attitudes and values needed to identify, advocate and pursue their rights and responsibilities as individuals and as members of groups and communities, locally, nationally, and internationally. Participative – where young people are encouraged to share responsibility and to become equal partners, fundamental to the learning processes and decision making structures, which affect their own and other people’s lives and environments. Empowering – Encouraging and enabling young people to understand their rights and responsibilities so that they are able to act on the personal issues which affect their lives and the lives of others and also as responsible citizens of communities which they are a part. Expressive – Encouraging and enabling young people to express their emotions and aspirations, through creative, sporting and challenging opportunities, which raise awareness of: cultural identity, bilingualism and value of ones own language, heritage, of diversity, citizenship and respect for others. These four principles are underpinned by equality of opportunity, ensuring that all young people can take part in activities. The principles should promote acceptance of the differences that spring from language, race, sexual identity, age, religion and class. They should also recognise the importance of the Welsh language and its heritage, other languages, and the diversity of cultures in Wales. These principles are designed to enable young people to play an increasingly active part in their community. The City & County of Swansea Youth Service has developed six key headings with examples of supporting activities which complement the Youth Work Curriculum Statement for Wales. Adventure Outdoor Pursuits – under AALA license Camp Craft and Survival Team Building Games Skills Coaching First Aid – Life Saving Orienteering Community Young People’s Groups Building bridges/ inter-generational work Conservation and Recycling O.A.P. homes Gardening Projects Fund Raising for others Carnivals Annual Events Calendar Children in Need Day Red Nose Day Remembrance Day Holocaust Day St David’s day World Aids Day Youth Work Week etc. etc. Issues & Life Skills Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Relationships Violence Health and Hygiene Personal Safety Homelessness Transport The Arts Dance Drama Music Graffiti Art Multi Media Craftwork Beach Art Accreditation Boys and Girls Clubs Award ‘Learning for Life’ - Open College Network (OCN) Youth Achievement Award Lord Mayor’s Award Regeneration Award Wales Youth Work Excellence Award Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The City & County of Swansea Youth Service has thirty youth clubs in community locations across City & County of Swansea. The Youth Service also works in partnership with various other organisations, such as Friends of the Young Disabled (FOYD), Friendship House/Youth Gateway Club and various community Committees in the delivery of Youth Work. The Youth Service also have school based youth workers based Comprehensive Schools providing additional support and guidance pupils through appropriate curriculum projects. These projects are designed to demonstrate how the youth work approach, in partnership with schools, can have a positive impact upon young people; raising their levels of achievement, improving their attendance at school, increasing their motivation and improving their attitude towards learning. The projects take very different forms, sometimes providing support on site, within the school and in other cases working with young people away from the school site. Youth workers are involved in supporting learning both within schools and through off-site activities delivered to the principles of the Youth Work Curriculum Statement of Wales.